What is the LIFE Podcast? Legal information for whom? What type of legal information will the series cover? Will this series offer legal advice (hint: no–we surely are not lawyers or registered members with the Law Society of Ontario!)? Listen to this trailer episode to get answers to all of these questions and more! PS: Remember to tune into the rest of the series too–the fun doesn't end here!
M: Welcome to Legal Information to Everyone: the LIFE Podcast.
S: Before we release our first episode, we wanted to share some information about who we are and what you can expect from this podcast.
M: My name is Merima, and my name is Sabrina, and together we work on legal education projects at the Social Planning and Research Council based in Hamilton, Ontario. Here is a bit of information about the legal education projects that are the backbone of this series:
S: The Family Learning Project is a legal education project which works with newcomer families across Hamilton to increase access to information about the legal rights and responsibilities of parents in the province of Ontario. This project is made possible through the collaborative efforts of Hamilton’s Social Planning & Research Council, Legal Aid Ontario–Hamilton Kitchener District Office, and Hamilton’s Immigrant Working Centre. This project is funded by The Law Foundation Access to Justice Grant.
M: The Tools for Tenant Rights Project is a legal education project which focuses on providing tenants across Hamilton with access to legal information on Housing Law in the province of Ontario. This project is made possible through the collaborative efforts of Hamilton’s Social Planning & Research Council, Hamilton Community Legal Clinic, and Core Collaborative Learning, a division of Hamilton’s Good Shepherd Centres.
S Over the next few months, we will be exploring topics that you may encounter in your everyday lives and not even realize they have legal implications, or that you can practice your legal rights.
M: We will be sharing a few types of episodes. Some of our episodes will be purely focused on providing you with legal information in the areas of Ontario’s family law or housing law. These episodes will be good to listen to if you want to learn more about what the law says and your potential next steps. They would be great to listen to alone or even in a classroom setting.
S: Some of our episodes will be focused on interviews with community members in Hamilton. These episodes will be focused on highlighting some places that you can access legal support, ways that you might be able to navigate the complexities of the legal system, and some of the important work that folks across Hamilton are engaging with.
M: We encourage you to tune in to both types of episodes, as we hope that together, they will provide you with a good way to begin to think about your legal rights and responsibilities within family law and housing law in Ontario.
S: In both of these episode types, we aim to call attention to ongoing structures of oppression that are embedded within institutions such as the legal system. This starts with remembering that this podcast series is being recorded on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Anishinaabe nations who have shared in this land for thousands of years. Throughout this series, we also aim to highlight community work that is focused on resurgence.
M: We hope that you enjoy these episodes. We would love to hear from you. If you have any feedback, or would like to be featured as a guest on this podcast, you can reach us at our emails which are included in the linked description for this series.
S: It’s also important to note that while financially supported by The Law Foundation of Ontario, the SPRC is solely responsible for all content. The views expressed in this podcast series are not necessarily reflections of the opinions or views of any of our community partners or discussed organizations.
M: Lastly, the information contained in this podcast is also not a substitute for legal advice and also may change as laws are updated. We are not liable for changing information. If you have specific questions about a situation in your life, please reach out to a legal professional.
S: Tune in to our first episode for a discussion about legal information, legal advice, and where housing law and family law fit in Canada’s broader legal system.